Oak Park Arms
Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Old Time Radio Recreations Troop

Radio Reenactment: Mission to Mars

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Oak Park Arms

Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Old Time Radio Recreations Troop presents “Mission to Mars” at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at the Oak Park Arms retirement community, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. The public is invited to the free presentation.

A huge focus of old time radio was space exploration, visiting other planets, systems and species and even being invaded by extraterrestrial beings.

Consider: With radio, a minimum of special effects saved the station alot of money. A few space sounds, recordings of rockets and blasters and a Theremin could take listeners on incredible journeys with the power of the mind. Shows like “Dimension X,” “Escape,” “X-Minus One,” and “The Ray Bradbury Theater” challenged imaginations and invited listeners to the farthest regions of the galaxy.

Most of those adventures were set in the far distant future, some even as far as 1999! Not only will there be flying cars and robots, but Mars will be colonized. Author Ray Bradbury wrote quite a bit about how he saw the future. His masterpiece, “The Martian Chronicles,” which he wrote throughout the 1950s, was quickly adapted for radio.

A reception with coffee and cookies follows the performance.

About Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear

The free radio recreation shows are very popular with Oak Park Arms’ residents and people from the community. Some guests bring their children and grandchildren to show them what entertainment was like before television.

Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear features actors and voice over artists who share a common interest – performing old time radio programs for the community. Each actor and technician donates talent and time.

Sound effects were an important part of live radio shows, and the group performs them live. They have a real door for slamming, doorbells, buzzers, a sound board and shoes for footsteps.

The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The radio shows are free and open to the public. For more information call 708-386-4040.